For some Westerners haggis may have been one of the most feared foods in the world in Scotland, but for others it may be an insect eaten by different cultures and countries. For others, it is food eaten alive, and for some, it is a meal you may never have heard of. Trying out foods that you might find unusual is one of the wonders of travel, so we travel bloggers like to delve into other cultures. What did some of our foodies and travel blogger friends who traveled with us eat as a result of their travels?
1. Silkworm Larvae
Some of these strange foods may sound bizarre or even disgusting to most people in the West, but suffice it to say that if you have a hard stomach, there is always a strange food or unusual dish that you can taste all over the world. One of the most unusual foods I have ever eaten was silkworm larvae from Bundaegi in South Korea.
Unfortunately, the world is not like that, but if you are brave enough, you can join us on our journey to discover some of the strangest foods from around the world. I’ve been pampered for a while, if only for myself, so it’s time to take a trip around our world and immerse myself in the strange foods that some species like to eat.
Be the brave soul who manages to read about these interesting foods, stop reading this book and remember that your education will save you from a shock when it comes to the craziest foods from around the world.
Balut is a kind of fertilized duck, chicken or egg with an almost developed embryo that is cooked and eaten in its shell, which is quite common in the Philippines, Cambodia and Vietnam. The broth surrounding the embryo is drunk before the skins are peeled off and the inside consumed.
This dish, also known as insect caviar, is made from edible larvae (pupae) of ants harvested from tequila and mescal plants. The eggs are often sold with a side of salt in the sand to keep them warm, and the inside has the look and consistency of scrambled eggs. It can be eaten raw or tasted with almonds, but it can also be mixed with other foods such as rice, beans, rice wine or even milk.
It is considered a delicacy and should be treated with the same care and respect as other delicacies such as fish, meat, eggs and fish sauce.
Simply cooked, steamed and lightly seasoned, it is a popular snack throughout Korea and is usually sold by street vendors. Goong – ten, or dancing shrimp, is where a bowl of live shrimp is doused in gravy and served to customers raw. The prawns are calm, covered in a sauce that makes them jump around as if trying to escape, giving them the illusion of dancing.
Taste and taste are actually not so blatant, in fact the sauce is delicious and belongs to the most popular dishes of South Korea.
The fact that one eats a living animal is one of the most bizarre sensory experiences one can make with food, even more than the taste of meat itself.
The shell of a durian greets you with a mixture of a kind of insect larva and cheese. The durian smell is better known for its taste, although, to be honest, it is slightly different and less disgusting than anything most people have ever smelled before. It is also a book that can be judged by its cover, as the cover of this particular book is covered with spikes that are able to draw blood if you are not careful.
The consumption of the raw fruit is prohibited in many parts of the world, especially in countries such as Indonesia, South Korea, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.
Although the taste has been described as bland, it is the contents of the belly that may be worth thinking about again. This tarantula is about the size of a human palm and is a regional delicacy in the town of Skuon in Cambodia. The Philippines, Thailand, and Cambodia have forgotten that this is not for the faint-hearted. You’d normally eat spider eggs, guts and droppings, but it’s not worth it.
Iceland and Greenland are not the kind of places to brave the cold and darkness, but they do test your stomach strength by offering a dish called Hakarl, also known as fermented shark.
The bowls are boiled, boiled and eaten, and you can taste the crunching of the tiny beaks on the feet. This delicacy is so popular in the Philippines, where street food vendors even serve it raw. The thought of it actually makes me physically sick, but I’m pretty sure it’s delicious.
6. Rocky Mountain Oysters
This is a deep-fried bull testicle often served at rodeo events in the US and is one of the most popular dishes in America. I had to behave after a friend on holiday told me how horses are eaten in this country.